Frank Black

Genres: Pop / Rock Soundtrack
Descriptive "tags": alternative rock indie alternative rock indie rock singer-songwriter punk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV, 6 April 1965, Long Beach, California, USA. This US vocalist/guitarist led highly influential Boston-based alternative rock band the Pixies under the name Black Francis. When that band underwent an acrimonious split in 1993, Francis embarked on a solo career as Frank Black. His self-titled debut featured assistance from Nick Vincent (drums) and Eric Drew Feldman (guitar/saxophone). The latter, formerly of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band, also produced the set, which featured cameos from fellow Captain Beefheart acolyte Jeff Morris Tepper and ex-Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago. Frank Black showed its creator’s quirky grasp of pop, from the abrasive ‘Los Angeles’ to the melodic ‘I Hear Ramona Sing’. It also contained a cover version of Brian Wilson’s ‘Hang On To Your Ego’, which the Beach Boys’ leader recast as ‘I Know There’s An Answer’ on Pet Sounds.

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